Some other points to consider.
Much of what you buy for your boat youíll never actually want to use. For example, EPIRB
, flares, liferaft
. Thereís a big list of gear
needed, just in case. And as youíll pickup on this forum, there are some people who want to live their lives on their boats, just as they would on land, and arenít willing to make comfort sacrifices. So add in the cost of using a low voltage electrical system
without the benefit of connecting to a power grid. Also being independent of water
and other home connected services we all take for granted.
Location Just comparing boats with cars for a moment. I take my car to the garage. Thatís good because the garage has all the tools and handling equipment
required to do work on my car. Obviously theyíll still need to buy in parts
, but thatís easy with the make a model. With a boat, it doesnít work like that. All the gear
needs to be taken to the boat. And youíll see people such as engineers walking between the boat theyíre fixing and their truck/van (often a long distance down marina walkways carrying tools etc back and forth. And theyíre charging
you $80-100 per hour to wander about in the sun.
Even when the boat is put on the hard
itís still an access issue, climbing up and down a ladder with all the gear. Try to lift
in or out whilst the motor
is 20 feet up in the air. Now you need to hire a crane (two times). Whereas at the garage, for your car, you would not be charged an extra say $300 for the use of their gantry. And of course the yard itself charge for the getting your boat in and out of the water
and the trestles to hold the boat up on land.
But the parts
. (I try to do as much as I can) but the time spent sourcing parts is significant. Because much of the time it isnít just a matter of calling the dealer. And there are choices to be made also.
A couple of years ago I replaced my inboard diesel
motor. I only have a small 26 foot keel
boat and I had a good deal on the motor. A local marine engineer
quoted a good price
for fitting. It was basically 40 hours at $80ph (and he came in a few hours under his quote). But there was all this extra stuff that added to the cost.
Also, and again consider replacing a motor in your car. To keep the job cheap
and simple replace with the same motor. But thatís almost impossible with a boat. My old Yanmar
was 45 years old. New Yanmars donít even have the same footprint. To keep cost down I took the old motor out myself and cleaned and painted up the engine
But all of the systems had to be either replaced of altered to suit the new engine
. New exhaust
system, new fuel
system and tank (old Yanmars have their own tank built in), new morse controls and cables
, one off machine parts for the engine mounts and prop shaft coupling just to name a few. I wonít even discuss electricity for the motor, but that was complicated=expensive.
And my old Yanmar gearbox
was left turning and the new gearbox
right turning, so I had to buy a new propeller
. Nothing wrong with my old prop or its dimensions, but it turned the wrong way. And of course we add in the yard costs, haul out
and in, and crane.
Am I glad I replaced the motor? Absolutely. I can go out in the roughest weather
totally confident when I push the start button it will fire into life. And I have spare horses now. Did it increase the value of the boat? Iíd guess not a single